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Risks of Food-Related Product Defects

Most people are not reckless risk-takers. Most of us are very conscious of our own safety and are generally successful in avoiding dangerous situations. For careful, aware individuals, the greatest hazards are often posed by dangers that can easily pass unnoticed.

How many times have you eaten food that you didn’t prepare with your own hands? How many times have you used cooking appliances or food containers that you didn’t design and build yourself? How many meals have you eaten with ingredients you didn’t personally grow or harvest? If you’re like most of us, the answer is probably: “Too many to count.”

The truth is that every day, Americans place their trust in the hands of farmers, producers, manufacturers, distributors, shippers, retailers, regulators, and inspectors that they have never met. We open a can of soup and assume that what’s inside is healthy and uncontaminated. We believe that bowls labeled “microwave safe” are, in fact, microwave safe. These assumptions are only natural – but they can prove dangerous.

Consider, for example, the outbreak of E. coli infections two years ago that were linked to bagged spinach. Dozens of people became ill, several even died. How many of these victims were taken unaware? Or, more recently, consider the scientific finding that plastic baby bottles, considered safe for decades, actually leak bisphenol A (BPA) when heated. BPA, known as an “environmental estrogen,” may cause birth defects, learning and developmental problems, reproductive disorders, ADD, diabetes, or cancer. Clearly, defects food-related products are something to be concerned about.

So what can you do? For starters, be careful what you eat. Research the products you use, and keep yourself abreast of FDA alerts. On the other hand, if you or someone you love has already been hurt by a defective food product, container, or appliance, get in touch with a Stevens Point defective product lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today to discuss your legal options. Call 715-345-0004 today to learn more.